Floundering PSV dismiss Van Bommel over poor results

THE HAGUE (AFP) – PSV Eindhoven axed former Dutch international Mark van Bommel as manager yesterday following a string of disappointing results which came to a head after a 3-1 loss against arch-rivals Feyenoord.

The southern Dutch club won just two of their last 12 games and with PSV are 10 points adrift of Ajax and AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie title race.

“PSV’s board decided this morning to end its cooperation with chief coach Mark van Bommel,” the club said in a statement.

“The decision is based on the continual series of negative results,” the club said, with general manager Toon Gerbrands adding “it’s a large decline and unworthy of PSV.”

Last season PSV finished second in the Eredivisie, trailing three points behind Amsterdam powerhouse Ajax.

Van Bommel was still upbeat after Sunday’s loss in Rotterdam, saying “even though I have to fight the whole world I won’t give up.”

“I’ve seen one of PSV’s best matches of the season. It’s only the result that’s been bad,” the 42-year-old said.

Van Bommel’s team however was knocked out in the Europa League group phase after being eliminated from the Champions League in the preliminary qualifying rounds in July.

The club’s management finally drew the line on Monday, with academy director Ernest Faber taking over from Van Bommel until the end of the season.